In the meantime, I am delighted to offer an interesting interview by Andreas Schiffmann with The Watcher.
Straight-talking as ever, and damn pleasurable to read, Frank provides a wonderful insight on the new album, whilst reiterating the band's artistic message within the varied and still expanding black metal horizons.
How does the album title work as an overall "motto"? What could "carrion skies" actually be?
You have worked with Esoteric's Greg Chandler this time; what could he over the band which it was previously lacking?
What I find noteworthy was the diversity of guitar tones; can we consider that experimentation, and where do these impulses come from?
'The Dying Stars' also speaks about embers and the "beauty within destruction"; is bellicose subject matter again?
'The Sentinels' to me seems like a change of tack and is most prominent because of its vocoder(?)-vocals (and maybe the Tom Warrior "ugh!" ;)). How did this one develop? It seems to tell one whole story on its own.
Given that 'Menhir' is joined to the term 'Supplicant', I was thinking it could be a song about worship, so what, in your eyes, is worthy of praise here?
'Gathering The Stones' speaks about the endtimes amongst other things, yet seems ambivalent to me in the end, so I do not know what's the outcome of it all; could you shed some light on that?
Is it essential for Fen to cling to archaic and nature-related topics? Could you imagine addressing modern issues and even technology in your music?
How important is it for you to be seen within the context of Black Metal as opposed to being an individual entity?
The genre's orthodox fraction has been on the rise again for some time now, claiming that you are supposed to be satanic, misanthropic and so on; how much of all that - maybe in an abstract sense - is left within Fen?
What can you tell me about the bonus tracks for the wooden box?
The artwork is very different from the conventional cover fare you get nowadays via Photoshop et al; how was it done, and how does it connect to the overall concept of the album?
The obvious question: what are your next steps now with the album released? Do you just take things as they come, or are you working towards a specific "goal"?
Another usual game: name five records you are currently listening to.
It’s something of a mixed bag right now I’m afraid…
Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Disbelief – Infected
Grails – Deep Politics
Judas Priest – Metal Works (1973 – 1993)Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall